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Pinewood Reservoir

Three hundred and twenty-seven acres of public lands encircle this idyllic 100-acre reservoir. No-wake speed boating, camping, and fishing make it the ideal place for a little fun in the mountains without driving too far.

As part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project to divert water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation, the reservoir is jointly operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District who manage water levels for irrigation, municipal, and industry use. Larimer County manages recreation.

Pinewood Reservoir requires entrance and camping permits, and is open year round. At 6,580 feet in elevation, it is west of Flatiron Reservoir, southwest of Loveland, Colorado, and northwest of Berthoud, Colorado.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Life preservers are required for each person on a boat. In addition, a Type IV throwable PFD is required on boats longer than 16 feet.
  • Boat travel direction – counter clockwise.
  • Swimming is prohibited except at the swim beach at Carter Lake at Dam 2.
  • Cliff diving or jumping in the water is extremely dangerous and prohibited in all areas.
  • Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Collection of firewood, including cutting of trees and branches, is not allowed.
  • Firearms or fireworks are prohibited.
  • Glass containers are not allowed.
  • Public consumption of alcohol above 3.2% is prohibited (no kegs allowed).
  • Dogs must be on leashes not longer than 10 feet at all times. Dogs are not allowed at the swim beach.





Park Entrance Permits


Water Levels

Tips and Info

Pinewood Reservoir is getting a facelift!

We're making some improvements and ensuring that the rustic nature of camping up at Pinewood remains intact.

Pinewood Project Plans

Playscape Plans

During this project the Launch area, including the boat ramp, and the Windy Pines campground are closed to the public. We appreciate your patience during the project and hope you will come back to see it all when it's finished.

Project Implemented from 2007
Master Plan

Project Highlights: New restrooms, electrified pull-through campsites, road improvements, walk-in campsites, day use area with shelters, natural playscape, outdoor classroom and expanded boat ramp.

Project Implementation: September 2014 – May 2015

For more information: Call (970) 619-4570


Heavy construction on the project is now complete. Roads have been built and paved and utilities have been installed. 15 new electrical campsites have been completed.

Work will continue in the spring when crews will begin constructing the walk in campsites, a playscape and an outdoor classroom. New vault restrooms will be placed as well. We anticipate completing this project by May 2015.

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